PARAMUS, N.J. – As federal legislators weigh the possibility of merit-based, no-cost community college tuition for all U.S. residents, New Jersey high school juniors and seniors in the top 15 percent of their class already have the opportunity through the NJ STARS program. Administrated by the state’s Higher Education Student Assistance Authority, the program awards the merit-based scholarships at New Jersey’s 19 community colleges, including Bergen Community College.

Bergen will host a series of free information sessions on the program during the next four months. All will take place in the Moses Family Meeting & Training Center (TEC-128) at the College’s main campus, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus:

*Thursday, March 12, 5 – 7 p.m.

*Tuesday, April 21, 6 – 8 p.m.

*Wednesday, June 3, 5 – 7 p.m.

At the information sessions, students and their parents will have an opportunity to tour Bergen’s 167-acre main campus that includes the region’s only Health Professions Integrated Teaching Center – a $26 million facility currently under construction. Prospective students will learn more about Bergen’s 140 academic programs and resources such as the Cerullo Learning Assistance Center, which recently ranked as the No. 1 two-year institution tutoring center in the U.S.

More students graduate with associate degrees and certificates from Bergen than any other New Jersey community college. Last year, 66 students graduated with 4.0 GPAs and transferred to top universities such as Columbia, NJIT and Rutgers.

For more information on the NJ STARS information sessions, email njstars@bergen.edu.

Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu) based in Paramus is a public two-year coeducational college, enrolling nearly 16,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip J. Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields.

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